In 1974 two engineers, Don Pooley and Howard Miles formed HOWDON DEVELOPMENTS, a company engaged in the design and development of mechanical power transmission equipment based in Cwmbran, South Wales, UK. For many years a proliferation of mechanisms and electronic control systems have been offered as an answer to the problem of drive protection. HOWDON DEVELOPMENTS looked for simpler solutions that would satisfy the requirements of the process industry.
In 1977 HOWDON POWER TRANSMISSION LIMITED was founded to expand the research and development of products requested by a growing client base. It has always been accepted that a shearpin or ‘mechanical fuse’ is the most effective and reliable long term method of protecting slow/high torque drive systems but because of the problems with fitting and removing round pins, together with the predictability of breaking loads, this method of drive protection had fallen out of favour. HOWDON addressed these issues and solved the difficulties with the WEDGEGARD design, obtaining patents and intellectual property rights.
In 1981, as the business grew, HOWDON moved to specially built offices and works in Stroud, Gloucestershire UK
Today HOWDON has a programme of continual product development and investment working together with customers and suppliers.
HOWDON has enjoyed a long relationship with TWIFLEX, part of the ALTRA INDUSTRIAL MOTION GROUP, as a main Distributor and Stockist for Industrial Disc Brakes. Couplings and Clutches.
HOWDON is involved with the application and supply of mechanical drive systems throughout the world now working with BIBBY TRANSMISSIONS, HUCO ENGINEERING, SVENDBORG BRAKES and TWIFLEX.